Sunderland 1 Arsenal 4: Match ratings, Black Cats given blasting by Gunners

Busy afternoon at the back: Sunderland defend. Picture by FRANK REID
Busy afternoon at the back: Sunderland defend. Picture by FRANK REID
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MATCH RATINGS

Jordan Pickford: Lots of touches for keeper, more than some of his outfield colleagues. Some good glove work and didn't deserve four stuck past him. 6

Billy Jones: Preferred to Javier Manquillo and got forward a few times but kept very busy at back. Very busy. 5

John O'Shea: Lasted 40 minutes before coming off feeling his thigh. 5

Lamine Kone: Allowed Sanchez to steal in front of him for first goal. Lucky to get away with trip on Sanchez in his own box in second half. 5

Patrick van Aanholt: One of the few to have a shot, albeit a free-kick, got forward a fair bit. 6

Jack Rodwell: Busy day stuck on defensive watch. Saw little of the opposition territory. 5

Didier Ndong: Like his midfield comrades much of his time was spent in own half and after getting forward a couple of times after the break, he soon reverted to deep. Long ball set Watmore away for the pen.5

Steven Pienaar: See Jack Rodwell. Subbed for some fresh legs. Harsh booking. 5

Duncan Watmore: Won penalty after some smart work getting first to Ndong ball, but, otherwise, lacked conviction when in attacking areas. 5

Jermain Defoe: Put his penalty away emphatically, but hardly saw the ball otherwise. 6

Wahbi Khazri: One of the players you hoped may weave a bit of magic. A nice touch here and there but the occasions he did have to shine there were too many over-hit crosses (or underhit!). 5

Subs

Papy Djilobodji (for O'Shea 41): Booked harshly for a foul on Sanchez and like rest of side kept busy by a rampant Arsenal. 5

Adnan Januzaj (for Pienaar 70): Conceded harsh free-kick on edge of box when he seemed to win ball but was not seen in other half. 6

Lynden Gooch (for Watmore 84): Late run about. N/A

Unused subs: Mika, Javier Manquillo, Donald Love, Victor Anichebe
Booked: Khazri 30, Ndong 32, Pienaar 41, Djilobodji 48
Goal: Defoe pen 65

ARSENAL

Cech 6, Bellerin 6, Mustafi 6, Koscielny 6, Gibbs 7, Oxlade-Chamberlain 7 (Ramsey 77), Elneny 7, Coquelin 7 (Maitland-Niles 89), Iwobi 7 (Giroud 69, 8), Ozil 8, Sanchez 8.

Unused subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Holding, Jenkinson

Goal: Sanchez 19, 78, Giroud 72, 76,
Booked: Cech 65, Gibbs 79

Referee: Martin Atkinson: Every time an Arsenal player went down and rolled around, he'd give a yellow card. Yawn. 5

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